Arts and entertainment briefs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 9, 2011

WINSTON-SALEM — In the new Reynolda House Museum of American Art exhibition titled “Thomas Hart Benton, America’s Master Storyteller,” visitors will see his large-scale oil masterpiece, “Bootleggers,” alongside three lithographs. The lithographs are based on scenes the artist created for the mural program of the Missouri State Capitol Building. Titled “Jesse James,” “Huck Finn,” and “Frankie and Johnnie,” they retell familiar stories in a visual narrative with great dramatic tension.
This exhibit will be on view through July 31 and is included in the cost of admission, which is $10, $9 for seniors. Students and children are free.
The museum is located in Winston-Salem in the historic 1917 estate of Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband, Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Reynolda House and adjacent Reynolda Gardens and Reynolda Village feature a public garden, dining, shopping and walking trails. For more information, visit or call 336-758-5150.
PPT set construction
Piedmont Players Theatre is holding a set construction day for “Hairspray” this Saturday, March 12 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Lunch is provided.
The Meroney Theater is located at 213 S. Main St. Enter into the shop through the alleyway next to Chef Santos.
Artists’ proposals sought
Abundant Living Adult Day Services is accepting proposals for Art for the Soul, a fine arts program at the center.
The deadline to receive proposals is April 1. Interested artists should call 704-637-3940 for information on applying.
Charlotte Folk Society
The Charlotte Folk Society’s March 11 gathering features Jonesalee in a tribute to Mother Maybelle Carter, who would have celebrated her 100th birthday in May of 2009. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m.
This event is free but donations are appreciated. It will be in the listening room of the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. For more information, visit
‘Pro Wrestling Evo’
CONCORD — Billed as “a new breed of professional wrestling, ” Pro Wrestling Evo can be seen at the Cabarrus Arena and Event Center, Gold Hall, on Saturday, March 12.
The event begins at 7:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30) and tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show. One child age 10 and younger will be admitted free with a paying adult. Additional children, ages 10 and younger, are $5 each.
Tickets are on sale at and the Cabarrus Arena box office, 4751 NC Hwy 49 N., Concord.
Windsong Recorder Consort
CONCORD-KANNAPOLIS — The Windsong Recorder Consort, a group of nine musicians who play a variety of instruments, will present a concert entitled “Musica Enjoyus” at two locations in March.
The first concert will take place at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 100 St. John’s Church Road, Concord, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13 in the church sanctuary.
The program will be repeated on March 20 at Memorial United Methodist Church, 1100 West “C” Street, Kannapolis, at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary.
The program consists of Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and 20th century music. The consort members are Carol Hinson, Jon Hutchinson, Melanie Misenheimer, Don Richards, Doris Rogers, Gwen Sembroski, Nancy Sloop, Winborne Springs and Rebecca Witkowski.
Admission to the concert is free. For more information call Nancy Sloop at 980-621-2010.
King Bees at Blue Vine
The King Beens, a blues band that began in Boone in the 1980s,will be playing at the Blue Vine Friday night, from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The King Bees honed their skills sitting in with and backing up many blues acts such as Bo Diddley, Tinsley Ellis, Billy Branch, Mojo Buford, Big Jack Johnson, Sam Carr, Frank Frost, Lazy Lester and Ronnie Earl.
They have shared the stage with John Lee Hooker, Dr. John, The Black Crowes, Bill Monroe and Leon Russell and opened for Carey Bell, Chicago Bob Nelson, Nappy Brown, Chick Willis and Jerry McCain.
There will be a $5 cover at the door. The Blue Vine is located 209 S. Main St. For more information visit www.theblue or call 704-797-0093.
Plein air paint out
PINE MOUNTAIN, GA — Of 49 artists who applied to participate in the 2011 Plein Air, 33 artists from around the United States have been selected for the juried event by William U. Eiland, entry jurist and director of the Georgia Museum of Art.
The selected artists include North Carolinians Cheri Simmons of Mooresville, Mary Erickson of Marshville, Diane L. Johnson of Cary and James D. Southerland of Black Mountain.
The art will be on display in the Callaway Discovery Center for Gardens visitors to view and purchase April 16-17.
For more information, visit
Call for artists
CHARLOTTE — Hart Witzen is now accepting submissions for a group exhibit of works by mothers to take place May 6 and 8.
Deadline for submissions is April 8. Artists selected to participate will be notified by e-mail by April 11.
All mothers are eligible to apply: paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, installations, mixed and new media. Work does not have to be for sale. Artists may submit original, recent work (within 2 years) for consideration.
For consideration, send up to three images via e-mail by April 8 to hartwitzengallery@ with Yo Mama in the subject line. Include your full name, e-mail address, web site and a brief description of each piece, including size, materials and techniques used.
There is no submission fee. Artists selected to participate will contribute a fee of $50 to cover exhibit and promotion expenses.
There is no commission on the sale of works resulting from the exhibition.
The opening reception is Friday, May 8 from -10 p.m. and the Mothers Day reception is Sunday May 8, 2-4 p.m.
Note: work must be professionally presented and ready to hang.